Wayne Alfred was born in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) in 1958. In 1971, Alfred began learning the form and design concepts of Kwakwaka’wakw style, and by 1975 was carving and selling his work to locals and tourists.
In 1986, Alfred moved to Vancouver to assist Beau Dick on a totem pole commissioned for Stanley Park, which was an initiative by the City of Vancouver to showcase First Nations art forms to the world during Expo ’86. Being that he was in Vancouver, Alfred had the opportunity to participate as the second carver on several monumental pieces that were commissioned for the World Fair.
In 1990, Alfred returned to Alert Bay, and has been heavily involved with both his art and culture, as a carving instructor, prolific artist for both the art market and traditional use, and he is an avid participant in cultural traditions as a Hamat’sa Initiate, dancer, singer and drummer.
2012: BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations